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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 19, 2005 | Vol. 35 No. 3
For The Record: Newly Announced Recipients Bring Total of Fulbrights to 14

In addition to the nine recipients previously announced by the university (The Gazette, Aug. 8, 2005), these five current or recent students have received prestigious Fulbrights to study abroad.

Amy Holmes, a graduate student in the Krieger School's Department of Sociology, will be conducting a sociological analysis of the network of U.S. bases in Germany to explain how the restructuring process and changing power relations are reflected at the local level. She will try to show that the decision to keep so many installations in operation may have more to do with questions of culture and gender than military strategy. Holmes also plans to assess how much agency the German government has in this process and the possible implications for theories of the state.

Haley Morrisson, who earned her bachelor's degree from the Krieger School's Department of Philosophy in May, is also heading to Germany, where she will interview visitors to the country's Holocaust memorials to develop an account of how monuments function as a form of remembrance. Morrisson says that the designs for recent German Holocaust monuments are abstract, and it is unclear how the average viewing public responds to them. She hopes her interviews with visitors at the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Jewish Museum of Berlin will determine whether abstract memorials allow for meaningful experiences.

Andrew Devereux, a graduate student in the Krieger School's Department of History, will travel to Spain to write the history of the relations between the Kingdom of Aragon and Kingdom of Naples from 1469 to 1510. He will explore the methods and motivations of King Ferdinand of Aragon's expansionist interests in the Neapolitan kingdom to more clearly elucidate the ideology of empire in Spain as well as in the broader contexts of the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds.

Anne Palaia, a doctoral candidate in the Bloomberg School's Department of International Health, will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she will examine infant-feeding decisions among HIV-infected women receiving the drug nevirapine to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Interventions are currently under way throughout sub-Saharan Africa to reduce transmission of HIV from mother to child during labor and delivery, and the success of such interventions is often undermined when a mother transmits the virus to her infant after birth, through breast milk. As multilevel factors often affect a woman's decisions to breast feed, formula feed or mix-feed her child, Palaia's project seeks to better understand such determinants so that culturally appropriate recommendations of strategies to prevent mother-to-child transmission can be developed.

Joshua Garoon, a doctoral candidate in the Bloomberg School's Department of International Health, will be investigating the impact of access to cash, labor type and gender on health-care decision making and health outcomes among 40 purposefully sampled households in the oilfield region of southern Chad. The Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Development and Pipeline Project has been billed as a new model for public-private partnerships in development; his research will take an ethnographic approach in exploring how the anticipated avenues of such development will affect those living in or near the project area.


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